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SOY WAX Candle Trouble Shooting

Always follow the Manufacturers recommended heating and pouring instructions .

 All soy waxes are not hydrogenated and formulated to the same specifications so they will vary.

NEVER OVERHEAT OUR SOY WAXES AS THIS MAY CONTRIBUTE TO ALL THE PROBLEMS LISTED BELOW

1)    Not a full melt pool or too deep of pool (ideal is 1/4” – 3/8” deep)

a)    Wick may be to small or to large.

b)    Be sure to have your test burn be of a long enough duration (larger diameter candles may take 4-5 hours). Don't blow out your candle until it has burned a melt pool all the way to the edge of the container. This can take 1 hour for each Inch across the widest section of the jar. Repeatedly blowing out your candle before the melt pool forms all the way across will cause tunneling.

c)     For the same sized container you may need a smaller or a larger wick depending on the fragrance oil (fragrance oils have different flash points) and the amount of dye used.

d)    Too much liquid dye added (maximum of 30 drops per pound) this can clog the wick

e)    Too much fragrance oil. Although The wax can hold 10% we recommended 7% (by weight) .

f)      Fragrance oil added at too low of temperature. Our wax must be heated to the recommended temperature before adding the fragrance so it mixes on a molecular level.

 

2)    Poor fragrance throw

 a)    Not enough fragrance oil or to much fragrance oil added to the wax (we recommended 7% by weight). Always use weight measurement on a scale and not volume, as in tablespoons, as fragrance oil weights by volume vary greatly.

b)    Fragrance oil is not added at the correct temperature (if the temperature is too low the wax molecules are not expanded enough to trap the fragrance oil between them as they cool).

c)     Fragrance oil not formulated to be used in soy wax (soy burns cooler than paraffin so all oils that work in paraffin may not work well in soy wax).

 

3)    Fragrance oil leeching out of the wax

a)    Too much fragrance oil (we recommended 7% by weight)

b)    Fragrance oil not added at the correct temperature (if the temperature is too low the wax molecules are not expanded enough to trap the fragrance oil between them as they cool).

 

4)    Poor glass adhesion (wet spots)

a)    Wax poured at too high of temperature (when wax cools it shrinks and the hotter it is poured the more it shrinks)

b)    The area you are pouring in is too cool. (soy wax seems to pour best when the ambient temperature is between 67 – 75 degrees F.)

c)     The inside of the glass container isn’t clean.

d)    We do not recommend preheating your containers before pouring

 

5)    Frosting (colored candles turning white)

a)    Pouring at too high of a temperature (always pour soy wax at the coolest possible temperature)

b)    100% Soy wax has a tendency to frost more than soy blends (our Millennium Soy has other natural (no paraffin) additives blended with the Soy to lessen this issue)

 

6)    Rough tops after pouring

a)    Pouring at too high of a temperature (always pour soy wax at the coolest possible temperature)

b)    100% Soy wax has a tendency to have rougher tops than soy blends (our Millennium Soy has other natural additives blended with the Soy to lessen this issue)

 

7)    Rough tops after burning and resolidifying

a)    This is natural for Soy Wax candles and when relit it will return to a nice liquid melt pool.

 

8)    Wick mushrooming or smoking

a)    Mushrooming seems to occur with most natural wicks (we don’t worry about this, just remind your customers to trim to .25” (1/4") before relighting)

b)    Excessive smoke can be caused by too large of a wick or the candle is sitting in a drafty area (drafts supply more oxygen than the wick can burn causing incomplete combustion)

c)     To much fragrance oil

 

9)    Miscellaneous

a)    Can Soy Wax be heated in a microwave oven?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it as it is difficult to control the temperature.

b)    Does Soy Wax work for novelty candles?

No as it is too soft.

c)     Does Soy Wax work for pillars or tapers?

Pillars No, it is too soft. Some Chandlers have had success adding palm wax to harden votive wax for short wide pillars but proper wicking is critical.

d)    What causes votives and candles to crack?

     Cooling to fast. Try warming the room you work in, make sure your jars are at room temperature and put some cardboard or newspaper to insulate the molds and containers from tile or granite countertops that can cause uneven cooling.

e)    Can you make floaters and tarts with Soy Wax.

     Yes, we recommend using Votive wax as this will release easier from your molds.

Item Description Detail
SOY CANDLE WAX By the POUND

Candle Soylutions Soy Candle Wax
"By the POUND"


Choose Which Type:
We sell by the pound primarily for you to use as a sample. Wax purchased this way will always be more expensive than purchasing by the 50 pound case because of us having to weigh and bag each order, but it allows you to buy in small quantities for testing or small batches.

Millennium
Our Premium Soy Container Wax $2.60/lb

Container
100% Soy Container Wax $2.50/lb

Votive(EL)- Closeout
For Votives and Tarts $2.50/lb
This Votive-EL Wax is a Closeout, Limited to stock on hand)

P-100 Votive/Tart/Pillar Blend-NEW!
For Votives, Tarts and Pillars $3.00/lb
Comes in tiny round beads (not shown)

Select the Wax Type by using the drop-down menu on the right
For more information about each wax visit the Soy Wax main page.
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100% Soy CONTAINER Wax - CASE

100% Soy Container Wax 50 lb Case

Nothing added, just 100% soy wax pastilles. Clean burning, good jar adhesion, good hot & cold throw.

For the Best Results- you should melt to 150 F. Add dye. Let cool slowly to 125. Fold in fragrance (stirring too briskly adds oxygen, which is a no-no). stir gently, and occasionally, until you begin to see a skin forming around the surface. Pour slowly into jars. Your temp should be no more than 105 degrees when you pour. Also, the cooler you pour the smoother the tops and the best adhesion to jars. Test to see what temp. works best for you.  For more details see our Instructions page. You can add Soy Modifier for a totally natural additive that will increase this wax's harness, lessen frosting and give smoother tops
Melt point = 127 degrees F
Flashpoint = 500 degrees F
Skin Safe & Kosher

50 lb Cases
1-9 = $86.00 ea
10-19 = $83 ea
20-39 = $80 ea
40+ = $78 ea

Formerly known as (EL) or Enchanted Lites wax our 100% Soy Wax is made using the same formula and ingredients and by the same manufacturer as before. The wax is exactly the same!

We're working to keep your shipping costs down by drop shipping the wax when it saves you money. See WAX SHIPPING at the top of the wax main page or CLICK HERE to jump to it. Please CONTACT US with any questions.
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MILLENNIUM Soy Wax - CASE

Millennium Blend Premium
Soy Container Wax 50 lb Case


A blend of soy and botanical oils, no paraffin or petroleum, for container candles. Blended to lessen the frosting of colored candles. Excellent color retention, hot and cold throw, pours with smoother tops and is long/clean burning.  No additives required.

For the Best Results- you should melt to 160 F. Add dye. Let cool slowly to 130. Fold in fragrance (stirring too briskly adds oxygen, which is a no-no). stir gently, and occasionally, until you begin to see a skin forming around the surface. Pour slowly into jars. Your temp should be no more than 115 degrees when you pour. Also, the cooler you pour the smoother the tops and the best adhesion to jars. Test to see what temp. works best for you.  For more details see our Instructions page.
Container Blend Soy Wax
Melt point = 125 degrees F
Flashpoint = 500 degrees F
Skin Safe & Kosher

50 lb Cases
1-9 = $90.00 ea
10-19 = $87 ea
20-39 = $84 ea
40+ = $82 ea

Formerly known as (EL) or Enchanted Lites wax our Millennium Soy Wax is made using the same formula and ingredients and by the same manufacturer as before. The wax is exactly the same!

We're working to keep your shipping costs down by drop shipping the wax when it saves you money. See WAX SHIPPING at the top of the wax main page or CLICK HERE to jump to it. Please CONTACT US with any questions.
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(E.L.) VOTIVE Wax CASE - CLOSEOUT

Enchanted Lites Soy Votive Wax 50 lb case
How to Use: Heat soy wax to 190/200 degrees F Remove from heat source Add fragrance at 160/175 degrees Pour into molds between 160/175 degrees F Add wick or after it has cooled remove votive from mold and drill wick hole. CAUTION - Do not keep in liquid form above 180 degrees F for extended periods of time as this will burn the wax (give it a yellow appearance) and may cause some strange burned looking things to form.  For more details see our Instructions page.

Melt point = 137 degrees F
Flashpoint= 500 degrees F
Skin Safe & Kosher

$90 per case

Please CONTACT US with any questions.
STATUS- Candle Soylutions has about 2 cases of (EL) Votive Wax in stock. There is currently no drop shipping available so all Votive Wax ships from here in Oregon. We expect to complete our testing and find a quality replacement Votive Wax in 2014. Please check hear for updates!
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